Time for a new realism

Global warming hysteria reached its peak three years ago with Al Gore’s film riveting global audiences with claims of New York and Miami under 20 feet of water.

Within 12 months, leading European politicians were promising CO2 cuts of 20% by 2020 and Tony Blair, equating global warming to Nazism, offering an insane 60%.

Now green politics has fallen off a cliff as a result of Climategate and the manifestly grubby, self-serving nature of the scientists and activists associated with the UN.

Radical, top-down global targets are under intense scrutiny and the whole farrago looks like a scary monster sucking up vast amounts of money for a negligible effect.

A new realism is required which carefully weighs the costs and benefits of emissions controls and looks at other options beyond current, wholly unachievable, targets.

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